Today’s Devotional – October 31st (Laodicea Now! Part 2)

By admin On September 17th, 2014

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“Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Today’s Devotional – October 31st

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Laodicea Now! Part 2

To read part 1… “October 30th (Laodicea Now!)”

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PS_Kr%C3%B8yer_-_Hip_hip_hurra!_Kunstnerfest_p%C3%A5_Skagen_1888.jpgIn yesterday’s devotional (click here), a certain portion of the message to Laodicea, found in Revelation, Chapter 3, was not discussed. And so, today’s devotional will attempt to fill in the gaps.

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Listen to Revelation…. “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:” Revelation 3:17

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Yes, this above verse speaks of the people of God as being content. Now whether this is speaking of contentment with earthly riches or being content with spiritual riches is not defined. But probably Christ is speaking of both here.

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Yes, those whose hearts are knitted together with earthly riches are not so interested in forsaking all to follow Jesus!

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Perhaps we think we already have Jesus. After all, we may even attend church! We might even do a Bible study each morning! We might even give tithes! And we possibly serve on a committee down at church! And so, we are fully immersed in a Christian culture!

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So what more could a Christian ask for?

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ENJOYING THE WORLD

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cheers!_(3162940696).jpgThe big problem comes when a church-goer no longer strives to become Christ-like! After all, doesn’t God compare the Christian life to a race to run? And doesn’t He compare the Christian life to a battle to fight? And a war to win?

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But when we no longer feel like we need to run that race, we cease from keeping ourselves in fitness, so that we may run, so as to win that Prize! And when we no longer watch, and wait, and battle against the unseen forces which come against us, then eventually we will lay down our armor, and join the enemy as they live for this World of Lies!

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Hands Toasting Drinks – Cheers! Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution 2.0

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AN UNSAVED CHURCH

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And so, Christ pronounces the following critique upon His professed people… “knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:” Revelation 3:17

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Incredible! This above language is the very language spoken about lost souls! This is not the description of saved persons! No, the Laodiceans are naked of Christ’s robe of righteousness. We are spiritually blind! We are poor and destitute of heavenly riches! Yes, the church of Laodicea is full of unsaved persons!

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PS Krøyer – Hip hip hurra! – Kunstnerfest på Skagen – 1888 – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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DEEP REPENTANCE NEEDED

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And so, just what is the remedy? What prescription does Christ commend to this wretched church?

David's sorrow - Wikigallery - Public Domain

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Listen… “I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.” Revelation 3:18

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So here we see the remedy! Gold tried in the fire speaks of the purification process that God brings His people through, to purify our hearts! It speaks of the fiery trials we must patiently endure, so that we may say along with Job, “…when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold!” Job 23:10

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David’s sorrow – Wikigallery – Public Domain

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GARMENTS OF SALVATION!

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And along with those fiery trials, God also begins to clothe us with the clean and washed robes of righteousness!

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Listen… “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness,” Isaiah 61:10

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EYES NOW OPEN!

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And then, as we endure those heavy trials, our eyes become opened to finally https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Christ_and_the_pauper.jpgbegin to see the truth of the Bible. Oh yes, we already saw many truths in Scripture!

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But now we begin to see the totality of what it means to be a follower of Jesus!

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With eyes wide open, we now see the battle raging all around us!

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And yet, in the midst of the battle, there now miraculously appears a pathway which ascends onward and upward out of the din and mire of this dark, sinful, and confusing world!

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Christ and the blind Pauper – Mironov – Wikipedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

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DOOR IS STILL OPEN!

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Yes, here is the Good News of Salvation! This is the door of escape which now stands wide open for any man, woman, or child who is tired of living in the midst of this selfish, angry, and hateful world, which seems to be growing more selfish, more angry and more hateful with each and every passing day!

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Listen… “Giving thanks unto the Father…Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son:” Philippians 1:12, 13

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But the Gospel ship doors will soon close! And so there should be no delay to get on-board this ship, which is Heaven-bound! And the place of embarkment is within your very own soul! Yes, this Gospel ship is coming by to get you! But please do not refuse! Just come aboard. Our ticket required is the Gospel of Salvation! And our passport is a mustard-seed of faith!

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Bring me out of my Laodicean lukewarmness! Show me the Way of true Salvation! Take away all the vain pursuits out of my life, and make me into a single-minded follower of Jesus…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Fleeing to the Mountains, Part 3: The Abomination in My Heart” or you can also read… January 10th (Why Doesn’t My Christianity Work?)

 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

 

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FIVE FOOLISH VIRGINS

Five Wise, Five Foolish Virgins Stars

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Now as learned in the article, The Five Wise Virgins Stars, The Five Wise are in a semi-circle, as if gathered around the Glorious Crown of 12 Stars. This symbolizes, the importance of the Christian Race, and the Glorious Crown of Victory, which will be given to each and every one who finally overcomes the world.

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Son Of Man Constellation

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Now just as the Five Wise are gathered around this Crown of Victory, the Five Foolish are turned away from the Crown, as if to say, “I’m not interested!” And isn’t so often that the vast majority of so-called Christians, have little interest in this crown! Quite often, they can be heard saying… Oh, I got my crown when I got baptized. Jesus won the race for me!”

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This kind of lie is easily believed, since it a lie, made partly of truth! Yes, Jesus did get the victory for us. But nevertheless, the evidence that I am a true-worshipper of God, is that I will ultimately gain the victory over my sinful flesh, with all its affections and lusts.

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Listen… “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” Galatians 5:24

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Five Wise Virgins Stars” or you can also read… “The Five Foolish Virgins Stars”

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TOMORROW:

“November 1st (Jacob’s Trouble)”

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